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Don’t Even Think About Pulling a Mob Theft in Fresno: Chief Balderrama

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To avoid becoming a crime victim, Fresno police advise holiday shoppers not to overburden themselves with packages. (Shutterstock)
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With smash-and-grabs happening across California, local law enforcement agencies are teaming up to keep people and their property safe during the Christmas holidays. Police are keeping their eyes out to protect businesses, too.

“For those people out there who may be planning any type of mob theft that we have seen (elsewhere in California), we’re not going to tolerate that here, and we will hold you accountable.” — Fresno Police Chief Paco Balderrama

At a press briefing on Saturday, Dec. 11, at the River Park shopping center, Fresno Police Chief Paco Balderrama and other law enforcement officials announced the start of Operation Christmas Presence.

“To the members of our community, we ask that you remain vigilant, we’ve been doing this operation for 24 years, and in those 24 years we have been very successful in keeping this community safe,” said Balderrama.

“For those people out there who may be planning any type of mob theft that we have seen (elsewhere in California), we’re not going to tolerate that here, and we will hold you accountable.”

Safety Tips For Holiday Shoppers

Patrol officers, undercover detectives, and volunteers are patrolling shopping areas and parking lots, and sharing safety tips with shoppers.

“Education is first and foremost,” said Fresno Police Lt. Bill Dooley. “With over 900 businesses registered with the Chamber of Commerce, and a whole lot more with the city itself, there is no way that officers can be everywhere at every moment.”

Fresno police recommend that you shop for gifts with a friend or family member and avoid shopping at night. In addition, you should never park in an unlit lot or area — no matter how convenient it is.

Also, lock your packages in your vehicle’s trunk and keep the doors locked and windows closed.

When at home, don’t display gifts where they can be seen from a window or doorway.

Safety Tips and Links

Check here for the Fresno Police Department’s complete list of tips on how to stay safe while shopping.

Check here for the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department’s tips on safety and crime prevention.

Liz Juarez joined GV Wire in July, 2021 as a Digital News Producer. She has experience working for publications around the Central Valley including the Clovis Roundup, Porterville Recorder and Hanford Sentinel. While in college, she interned for Mountain West Athletics and served as Outreach Chair for the Fresno State Radio and Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). Liz earned a bachelor's degree in Media Communications and Journalism at Fresno State and a master's degree in Communications from Arizona State University. In her down time, she enjoys reading, drawing and staying active by playing basketball, taking trips to the coast and visiting national parks. You can contact Liz at liz.juarez@gvwire.com